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A project of Planet Money

This T-shirt will tell you the story of its own creation. Follow us around the world as we document its journey.

From Cotton To Shirt, In 4 Gifs

After months of reporting and thousands of miles of travel, our T-shirt project is live. Check it out: planetmoney.com/shirt.

Thanks to everyone who ordered a shirt and followed us along the way. Please accept these four gifs as a small token of our gratitude.

1. The cotton for our shirts came from the Mississippi Delta.

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2. It was spun into yarn in factories in Indonesia (men’s shirt) and Colombia (women’s shirt).

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3. The yarn was knitted into fabric, dyed and sewn in Bangladesh (men’s shirt) and Colombia (women’s shirt).image

4. The shirts were printed in Brooklyn.

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P.S. If you want a second-generation Planet Money T-shirt, you can buy one here.

Remember the last image? That was me (@kainazamaria/NPR) cutting the intro to our PLANET MONEY MAKES A T-SHIRT website. Well, we now have a trailer and it’s pretty sweet!

We’ll have the full story Dec. 2: planetmoney.com/shirt

(Music: “Mirrors” by the Crocodiles)

Brooklyn, New York - Cutting intro with a pretty sweet view of downtown Brooklyn. Any good places to eat around here? (@kainazamaria/NPR)

Brooklyn, New York - Cutting intro with a pretty sweet view of downtown Brooklyn. Any good places to eat around here? (@kainazamaria/NPR)

Brooklyn, New York - Filming Alex Blumberg at our T-Shirt’s last stop before it gets to you - the printshop. (@kainazamaria/NPR)

Brooklyn, New York - Filming Alex Blumberg at our T-Shirt’s last stop before it gets to you - the printshop. (@kainazamaria/NPR)

New York, New York - The original print color on our men’s T-shirts wasn’t working … so we decided to go back for round two. With some help from Jockey, we chose the new color - it’s the bottom spirit animal.

New York, New York - The original print color on our men’s T-shirts wasn’t working … so we decided to go back for round two. With some help from Jockey, we chose the new color - it’s the bottom spirit animal.

New York, New York - It’s an edit party. 12 members of the Planet Money team scrunched into a room to listen to early drafts of the T-shirt stories.

New York, New York - It’s an edit party. 12 members of the Planet Money team scrunched into a room to listen to early drafts of the T-shirt stories.

New York, New York - We went to the fiber lab at the Fashion Institute of Technology where they’re going to do some wicked testing on our shirts. Unfortunately, we had to sacrifice a shirt for science. Here’s a look at the T-shirts analyzed right down to the yarn (magnified at 48x). (@qdbui/NPR)